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Southern Illinois University



Online Master of Business Administration

College of Business

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Optional MBA Concentrations

Students have the option of completing a General MBA degree (with no concentration) OR they can choose to complete a concentration in Agribusiness Economics or Analytics for Managers.

MBA, Agribusiness Economics

In partnership with the College of Agricultural Sciences we have developed an online MBA with a concentration in agribusiness economics. Earning an MBA from the SIU College of Business with a concentration in agribusiness economics prepares you for the unique management challenges in agribusiness firms. This program is designed specifically for the student who desires a career in the dynamic business environment of modern agribusiness.

The business courses are taught by many of the same esteemed faculty that teach our on-campus courses. The four specialized agribusiness courses are taught by the highly respected faculty within the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Benefits of an MBA with an agribusiness economics focus from the SIU College of Business

  1. Degree will arm you with a competitive advantage for managerial careers in the field of agribusiness economics such as banking and finance, business management, farm appraisal, farm management, market and policy analysis, grain merchandising and much more.
  2. You will earn your AACSB accredited degree in under 2 years.
  3. The program is 100% online, no need to travel to campus.
  4. The program is designed for working professionals. We provide the flexibility you need to balance your career and your education.
  5. Fewer than 10 public universities in the United States offer an agribusiness concentration as part of their MBA program.

MBA, Analytics for Managers

We live in exciting times. In every sector of the economy, we are accumulating unprecedented amounts of data. Analytics is the discipline that has emerged to help us make sense out these mountains of data: in retail; in service industries; in the healthcare industry; in financial markets, etc. Data Analytics, and its sister, artificial intelligence are now steering strategic decision making everywhere. And, there are not nearly enough people trained to manage this revolutionary development in the production of business data.

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale’s College of Business created the oMBA concentration in Analytics for Managers to prepare students to fill this void and to make a meaningful impact in industry. Managers who know and understand how to implement analytics are needed in every business sector: healthcare, marketing, manufacturing, engineering, logistics, retail, hospitality, financial services etc. Our oMBA analytics concentration puts leading-edge developments in artificial intelligence, prediction and data visualization on top of a solid MBA foundation.

Benefits of an MBA with AN Analytics for Managers concentration from the SIU College of Business

  1. Students in this program have access to and are supported by top analytics experts through the Pontikes Center for Advanced Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.
  2. As one of the fastest-growing fields in business, analytics presents exciting career opportunities. Our unique program provides the training you need to take advantage of these opportunities in a wide variety of industries and companies.
  3. Through our oMBA analytics concentration, you will learn how to manage the process of converting large amounts of collected data into valuable and useful information. 
  4. Our program combines traditional MBA courses with analytics courses prepare you to manage the connection of data and people.
  5. This 100 percent online program is designed for working professionals. We provide the flexibility you need to balance your career and your education.